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What is a valid copyright notice?

A copyright notice should contain:

  • the word "copyright"
  • a "c" in a circle (©)
  • the date of publication, and
  • the name of either the author or the owner of all the copyright rights in the published work.

For example, the correct copyright for the fourth edition of The Copyright Handbook, by Stephen Fishman (Nolo), is Copyright © 1998 by Stephen Fishman.

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